While we certainly have some challenging hills in the Harbour City, commuting by bike is worth considering. Both the Parkway Trail and the E&N Trail connect various points of the community and, being able to rack your bike on RDN buses, make navigating Nanaimo easier than you think. Check out our Cycling Map (PDF) and Transit Map (PDF) to help you find your way around town or pick-up a printed copy at the following locations:
Bike to Work Week (BTWW)
For the past 18 years, Nanaimo has celebrated commuting by bicycle in the Bike To Work Week Celebration. In the last week of May, cyclists in Nanaimo participate in this event organized by the City of Nanaimo and a number of community partners and sponsors, including the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition. In addition, our city celebrates Bike+Walk to School Week in conjunction with this event.
In 2017, Bike to Work and Bike+Walk to School Week run from May 29 to June 4. Mark your calendars, raise awareness and get prepared to bike to work!
To find out more information on either of these events, check out the BTWW Facebook page or the BTWW website.
Learn to Ride a Bike
Nanaimo is a great place to discover by bicycle! A number of the city playgrounds feature paved training routes for little ones who are new to two wheels (Altrusa and Forest Drive, for example).
Additionally, a number of courses can be found in the City of Nanaimo Activities Guide, such as:
- Cycling Made Simple (for kids)
- Urban Commuting 101
- Streetwise Cycling
- Bicycling Family Workshop
- Bike Repair & Maintenance
- Winter Riding 101
Cycling Within Our City
If you are already familiar with cycling, there are a number of community clubs, coalitions and groups you can get involved with. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced cyclist, there are a wide variety of resources for everyone at every skill level.
Other cycling resources can be found below: